Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Angels acquire global slot money in deal with Twins

Angels acquire global slot money in deal with Twins

A couple of American League West teams made moves Wednesday to acquire worldwide slot money while the baseball world waits to see where free agent Shohei Ohtani signs. This move comes moments after the Mariners traded catching prospect David Banuelos to the Twins for the same amount of worldwide funds.

Acquiring the additional cash is noteworthy, considering AJ Cassavell of MLB.com pointed out the finalists outside of the Mariners and Angels-the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants-can offer Ohtani only $300,000 as a bonus.

The Mariners are one of seven teams who met with Ohtani and his agents in Los Angeles earlier this week, and they're awaiting word on what comes next with the 23-year-old two-way standout.

The Angels also acquired $1.21 million in worldwide bonus space last week in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for Jim Johnson.

Money doesn't seem to be the primary concern for Ohtani, given that the 23-year-old could have stayed in Japan and waited two more years until he was an unrestricted global free agent and made considerably more money.

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Los Angeles paid Pearson, 19, above slot at $1 million to keep him from signing with LSU after taking him in the third round in June.

The Mariners now have $2.55 million in global slot money, the Angels $2.3 million and the Rangers $3.54 million. Going to the Twins will be catching prospect David Banuelos. In his first pro season, he hit.236 (30 for 127) with eight doubles, four homers and 26 RBI in 36 games for Short-season Everett.

Banuelos was a fifth-round draft pick this year from Long Beach State.

The Twins ended up with $3.25 million in global bonus money when they voided the contract of Jelfry Marte, a 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic. Due to his age, Ohtani can only sign a minor league contract and is subject to the worldwide bonus pool.

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